Decadent chocolate & raspberry cake

The bit about this cake is that you can lick the spoon knowing there is no raw egg involved. Don’t expect the same rise you would get for a cake with eggs- but it will still look the part one sandwiched together and piled with chocolate frosting.

Ingredients:

85g/3oz/scant ½ cup dairy free spread

2 tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp apple cider

300g 10 ½ oz/2 ½ cups self raising flour

Self-rising flour

2 tbsp dairy-free cocoa/unsweetened chocolate powder, at least 70% cocoa, plus extra for dusting

100g/3 ½ oz/1/2 cup golden caster/superfine sugar

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda/baking soda

½ vanilla pods seeds only

300g/10 ½ oz fresh raspberries,roughly chopped, leave some whole for topping

FOR THE CHOCOLATE FROSTING:

200g/7oz dairy-free dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa

80g/3oz dairy-free spread

2 tbsp almond milk or dairy-milk of your choice

6-8 tbsp icing/confectioners/sugar, sifted plus a dusting for decoration if you wish

Method:

1.Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and base-line two 20cm/8in cake pans with parchment paper.

2.Put the dairy-free spread in the bowl of a food mixer, add the maple syrup, apple cider vinegar and 300ml/10 ½ fl oz/1 ¼ cups of boiling water. Mix slowly the spread has melted and everything is combined.

3.In another bowl, put the flour, cocoa,sugar,bicarbonate of soda/baking soda and the vanilla seeds and stir. Add this to the wet mixture and beat on slow until you have a smooth batter.

4.Divide the mixture between the pans, smooth the top and bake for about 20-30 minuets (check after 20 minuets),or until a skewer poked into the middle comes out clean.

5.Leave the cakes to cool in. the pans for 10 minuets, then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

6.To make the frosting, put the chocolate and dairy-free spread in a heatproof bowl.Sit it over a pan of just simmering water and stir occasionally until melted. Remove from heat and leave to cool a little, then stir in. the milk and slowly add the icing/confectioner’s sugar, beating as you go, until it begins to thicken and becomes glossy. Put in the refrigerator to set.

7. To assemble the cake, remove the frosting from the refrigerator and beat until glossy. Spread generously over one of the sponge, top with most of the raspberries then top with the other sponge and cover with the remaining frosting and use a knife to neaten. Top with the remaining raspberries and dusting of icing/confectioner’s sugar or cocoa, if using.

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